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Trust which runs Addenbrooke's placed in special measures

Addenbrooke's Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Trust which runs Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has been put into special measures.

Health inspectors say they're taking enforcement action following an investigation into the trust's finances and its standards of care.

Addenbrooke's is losing more than a million pounds a week and is struggling to provide enough staff on the wards. Those in charge of the trust have vowed to make improvements.

Addenbrooke's puts ice back on the menu

Addenbrookes hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge had stopped putting ice in patients' water jugs in a desperate bid to save money, claiming the move would save almost £40,000 a year.

But after complaints from patients bosses have put ice back on the menu.

However, a final decision on whether or not to give patients ice has been delayed while the hospital carries out a review.

Michelle Lewis was shocked to discover the new policy when she asked for ice for her friend's water on an oncology ward last weekend.

She said she had requested ice as very cold water makes it easier for her friend to swallow her tablets.

A spokesman for the hospital said ice was still available but only for clinical use.

Now all patients are being given ice cubes in their water jugs until a final decision can be made.

"We have suspended the decision to remove ice from water jugs while we undertake a review. There will be clinical input into any decisions made."

– Hospital spokesman

The hospital's chief executive Dr Keith McNeil announced on Monday he is leaving citing "very serious challenges" including "growing financial deficit."

Doctors have since started lobbying the hospital to reinstate Dr McNeil who was appointed as chief executive in November 2012.

Dr McNeil's resignation is believed to be linked to a Care Quality Commission report following an inspection due to be published on September 22.

Chief finance officer Paul James also resigned.

David Wherrett is now acting chief executive officer at the hospital.

Chief Exec leaves Addenbrooke's

Dr Keith McNeil Credit: Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Chief Executive of Addenbrooke's Hospital has resigned in the face of major financial problems.

Dr Keith McNeil said he would be leaving Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust after almost three years in the role. An internationally recognised clinical expert, he was appointed as chief executive in November 2012.

The Trust's Chief Finance Officer Paul James has also resigned.

The health watchdog Monitor is investigating the trust over its finances and the impact of the introduction of a new ‘e-hospital’ IT system.

Dr McNeil said it had been a difficult decision to step down.

It is a matter of public record that we face a number of very serious challenges here in Cambridge, including a growing financial deficit, and I feel the time is right to have new leadership in place.

– Dr Keith McNeil

David Wherrett, the Trust’s Director of Workforce is to become Acting Chief Executive while the Trust works closely with Monitor to secure an interim CEO ahead of a permanent appointment.


It isn't rocket science...

...but it is brain surgery - and in that field, Cambridge can boast the brainiest surgeons of all...

In a list ranking more than 300 departments across the country according to their academic achievements, neurosurgeons at Cambridge University Hospitals - which includes Addenbrooke's - came out on top.

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience at CUH provides services for nearly 5 million people. Credit: ITV

The study was produced by the Journal of Neurosurgery. CUH puts the success down to the benefits of continued close links between the Trust and the University of Cambridge.

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience at CUH provides services for nearly 5 million people.

11,000 people caught smoking at Addenbrooke's Hospital since ban introduced

Almost 11,000 people have been challenged over smoking at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Almost 11,000 people have been challenged over smoking at Addenbrooke's Hospital since a ban was introduced a year ago.

Cambridge University Hospitals Trust says becoming a smoke-free site has been hard work, but it will continue to enforce strict rules as well as trying to educate people about the health risks of smoking.

Police watchdog to investigate delay over sex crime doctor

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will investigate the delay in information about Dr Myles Bradbury being passed on to police.

The National Crime Agency says the decision follows a review into procedures.

It emerged yesterday that information about Dr Bradbury from Toronto Police was sent to the child sex investigation agency CEOPS but not passed on to police here for another 16 months.

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